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Captive power plant owners urged to increase efficiency

Update : 21 Dec 2015, 09:15 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Energy Adviser Tawfique-E-Elahi Chowdhury yesterday asked all captive power plants to increase their efficiency by 60%.

He was speaking at a seminar titled Energy Efficiency and Textile: Lifeline of the Economy organised by Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) in a city hotel.

The adviser said the production of gas had decreased gradually. The government, however, is trying to maintain continuous gas supply to all the industries and an initiative was taken to bring 500 million cubic feet of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) from Qatar.

He also said 10 new wells will be drilled next year to explore the potential of finding more gas.  

Presenting the key note paper at the seminar,  M Tamim, professor of Mineral and Petroleum Engineering of BUET said the long-term objective is to establish market-based proper energy pricing to ensure reliable and quality energy supply.

As an interim measure, gas usage must be prioritised by giving industry the highest consideration.

“Another very important interim measure is demand side management (DSM) through conservation and efficiency improvement”, said Dr Tamim.

Co-generation of heat and power (CHP) has the highest thermal efficiency of all gas usage and textile being the major export contributor and the best candidate for CHP, the sector should be given captive power priority provided that the CHP is adopted in the sector, he said.

BTMA President Tapon Chowdhury said Textile Mills are resorting to energy efficiency devices through co-generation process and other means to get maximum output from the use of gas.

It is estimated that BTMA member mills produce 1200-1300 MW power to run their own production and thus save national grid power to that extent.

Recently, a 100% increase in gas tariff for captive generators pushed up our cost of production enormously, he said.

AK Azad, former president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry said gas production will be reduced from 2017. 

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